Life in prison can mess with your senses. There are smells you can’t unsmell, and sounds you long to hear. Some tastes you forget about entirely, and some forms of touch are almost too evocative to bear. Five San Quentin residents reflect on the sights, tastes, touch, smells, and sounds of prison life.

Each episode this season will feature new artwork by an incarcerated artist. You can see their illustrations on our website.

Is this your first time listening to Ear Hustle? Are you trying to convince a friend to start listening? For our tenth season, we’ve chosen 10 essential Ear Hustle episodes. Find those here.

As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show.

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